It wasn’t long ago that ubiquitous adoption of smartphones caused us to rethink our notions of scalability (according to comScore, 2015 was the year that mobile users outpaced desktop users). And now IoT is about to redefine scalability on a whole new scale: As of this year, there will be 3.5 IoT devices for every smartphone in use. (For those keeping track, that’s 2.3B smartphone users vs 8.4B connected “things.”)
As the saying goes, “Scalability isn’t the biggest challenge in IoT, but it’s growing.”
In addition to being equipped to handle huge numbers of devices and massive amounts of data traffic, IoT deployments have to be built for some unique ways of communicating. One common example is called “fan-out.” Under a typical fan-out scenario, a message is published once to a “message router” (hardware or virtual) that forwards it to all the clients that have expressed interest in receiving messages of that nature. (Picture the message “fanning out” from a single device to multiple devices.)
One of the leaders in creating state-of-the-art IoT messaging middleware technology (message routers) is the Solace Corp. Solace Open Data messaging technology routes event-driven information between applications, devices, and people across hybrid cloud environments. Their application/device nervous system helps companies modernize legacy applications, migrate to the cloud, and operate successful IoT deployments.
And just as F5 “makes applications go” for enterprise users, so too can we enhance the reliability, robustness, scalability, and security of a real-time, distributed IoT messaging platform like Solace’s. In fact, we work together to deliver three big benefits to our customers:
While customers are embracing public cloud at a fast rate, it is also clear that legacy deployments will be around for a long while to come. Fortunately, Solace and F5 provide a nervous system that interconnects all deployment scenarios, from cloud-native, to on-premises, to hybrids and multi-cloud deployments.
When our customers need a reliable, real-time flow of data between connected devices, gateways, and applications running in all clouds and datacenters, F5 and Solace together do it better than anyone.
To learn more about how Solace and F5 can help your customers, check out the resources below or feel free to drop me a line: F.Strobel@F5.com